The Elders Forum in Tooro, under their umbrella Isaazi lyAbaantu Bakuru Ba Tooro, have accused the government of remaining silent following acts of violence against the former kingdom prime minister, Stephen Irumba. Last month, unknown people raided Irumbas ranch located in Rwentuha Sub County, Kyegegwa district, killing five cows. Two cows were stolen and three cut. In a press release signed by Professor Edward Rugumayo, the chairperson of the Elders Forum, the elders urged the government to carry out investigations on the violence meted out to Irumba.
The computerization of the Land registry was funded by The World Bank to the tune of over USD 23 million with hope that it would ease the titling of property, registration of land or generally improve land administration. The system was initially piloted in a few districts and it has since been rolled out to the ministerial lands zonal offices.
The Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters cant trace one Zeyidi Ssemuwemba believed to be the prime suspect in the grabbing of the 13-acre Bukasa cemetery land. While the Commission has traced documents from the Lands Registry indicating that the land was registered in the names of Zayidi Ssemuwemba, it has failed to trace the physical person believed to have sold the land at 500 million shillings between 2008 and 2010.
She told the Commission that the collapse of systems at the land registries together with integrity problems in land administration led to issuance of fake land titles that are now due for cancellation. She also claimed the land registrars need to be cushioned from politicians whom have partly contributed to the mess at the lands registry.
In what appears like a well-orchestrated and long-term plan by a group of lawyers to acquire 13 acres of the Bukasa cemetery, the commission of inquiry into land matters heard that City lawyer, Herbert Kiggundu Mugerwa, acquired the land from another lawyer, Muzafaru Lwere Lwanyaga at an unspecified amount of money.
The Director of the Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department-CIID Grace Akullo on Monday wrote to Uganda Land Commission and Ministry of Lands requesting for information in regard to transactions on plot 60/62 Alidina road in Jinja.
Ngobi, the former chairperson of Jinja district is accused of receiving a five million Shillings bribe to influence a transaction in which twenty acres of land preserved for National Fisheries Research Institute was given out to Favourite Enterprises Ltd.
The Land Probe Commission chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire faulted David Kyasanku and political leaders in Jinja for not carrying out due diligence when they permitted Birus Properties Services Limited to evict tenants and later demolish the building.
The Commission of Inquiry into land matters resumes today, two weeks after it called off public hearings due to lack of funds. The Commissions Lead Counsel Ebert Byenkya says in a statement that they have made progress regarding obtaining the resources the Commission requires to do its work.
KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi acknowledged before the Lands Inquiry Commission that the two projects are behind the schedule. She however said KCCA has no powers to order investors to return the land which was allocated to them close to ten years ago.
According to the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment ACODE, people are increasingly losing trust in courts in regard to land matters. They say the courts are not only slow but also highly compromised by bribery and other forms of influence.
Serumaga, a Kampala-based Journalist, filmmaker in a presentation at the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire Commission of Inquiry into land matters said taking over citizens private land will provoke the same resistance that the previous governments faced.
Legislators today tasked ULC chairperson, Baguma Isoke to explain how the commission bypassed the Mbale Municipal Council and gave away the land without due diligence. Isoke admitted that the commission faulted in not verifying the applications for the land without consulting the municipal physical planning committee.